A Science Metric Study of Iranian Published Articles about Oral Health-related Quality of Life

Document Type: Review Article(s)

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Assistant Professor, Department of Oral Medicine, School of Dentistry, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran

Abstract

BACKGROUND AND AIM: A new perspective on health suggested that the ultimate goal of dental care, namely good oral hygiene, should no longer merely is seen as the absence of caries or periodontal disease; a patient's mental and social well-being should be considered as well. The concept of oral health-related quality of life (OHRQoL) captures the aim of this new perspective. The present article aimed to describe the published studies carried out to date in Iran on OHRQoL. METHODS: After adequate searching, 28 articles were reviewed published up to beginning 2013. RESULTS: Among the reviewed articles, there were 9 studies in which the OHRQoL questionnaires have been validated in Farsi, 15 studies in which the OHRQoL has been evaluated in a specific group of patients and 4 were interventional studies. CONCLUSION: Further precise studies are necessary in this regard in Iran especially in the field of intervention.

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